5 Ways to Save Money on Full Truckload (FTL)

Is LTL always the best option if you’re looking to save on costs?

Read on to know the ways you can save money on full truckload (FTL).

What Are 5 Ways to Save Money on Full Truckload (FTL)?

How much are you spending on your full truck load shipments? In 2017 the trucking industry topped $700 billion.

If you find that you are spending too much on your full truckload freight, all is not lost. 

Here are five things you can do to see some relief in your bottom line. So start saving today.

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1. Collaborate With Your Carrier

You are the expert in your business; your carrier is the expert in theirs. So communicate with them and create a way to integrate your processes. 

This increases the exchange of communication will reduce your operation costs by eliminating a bulk of the daily tasks. You also get the added benefit of always being up to date on order status and delays. 

2. Treat Your Carrier Well

For carriers, time is money. The longer their truck sits at your pickup and delivery location, the more money they lose. 

So treat your carrier well by having your shipments ready. This will get them in and out of your yard quickly. 

Another way you can treat your carrier well is by paying your bills on time. You don’t like it when your customers delay payment, and neither does your carrier. 

By respecting your carrier and doing these things, you make the carrier want to work with you. You could also score some discounts since carriers want to keep their best and easiest to work with customers happy.

3. Limit the Accessorials

Accessorials are the add-on charges that get tacked on to your FTL quote. These are a tricky thing to manage. For most companies, they slip under the radar until it is too late. 

To help keep your FTL costs down, monitor you rising accessorial charges as they happen. If you see a trend of consistently overweight loads, you can adjust your quote request to account for the extra weight. You will pay less if you accurately quote in the beginning rather than getting penalized later on.

4. Increase the Lead Time

By planning ahead, you can save money by not having to pay inflated last-minute capacity rates. You also won’t have to pay for express or guaranteed delivery dates. 

Your carrier can better manage their time when they can plan their shipment. Because of this, they are likely to give you a discount on your advanced bookings.

5. Automate the Process

The old fashioned way of booking FTL freight requires you to write everything down by hand and call the carrier. You can address this inefficiency by automating the process. 

Automation will not only speed up the process and reduce labor costs, but it will also reduce the occurrence of human error. Quantity and weight that get entered wrong can cost you considerably in accessorial fees later on when the carrier corrects them.

Schedule Your Full Truckload

If you notice that your full truckload budget is steadily increasing, try these five strategies to reduce your costs.

With a bit of diligent effort, you will start to see the benefits on your bottom line. 

Let us help you with your FTL freight needs, contact us today for a quote.

Get A Freight Shipping Quote

AZ Contracting Services, LLC is the Best In The West when it comes to our freight and logistics services. Get your service quote today by calling (623) 584-7010 or click the Contact Us button!